Rutgers lost its second close contest to ranked Maryland, this time 60-50, but the non-seniors on senior night gave some reason to believe moving into the 2015-16 season.
“It was desperate, man,” said junior center Greg Lewis. “We’re scratching and clawing for wins. It’s tough. I think they did a good job staying consistent in what they do. We put ourselves in the hole, but I think we did a good job of fighting back.”
Lewis played his best game to date with a team-high 14 points and seven rebounds Sophomore Junior Etou brought the energy with six points and seven boards and guards Bishop Daniels and Mike Williams flashed big plays during inconsistent performances.
Rutgers (10-20, 2-15) goes home with another loss, but showed a different spirit against No. 10 Maryland. Jordan is dissatisfied with where his team sits, but spoke well of Tuesday night’s effort.
“Not necessarily,” Jordan said when asked about if he feels good about where the program sits. “Why would I feel good about [the losing streak]? I wouldn’t feel good about that. And that’s what I’m concerned about. I’m concerned about my team and how they’re moving forward and what we have to do to get better.”
Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack experienced the ups and downs of senior night in their final home games. Mack defended well against star guard Melo Trimble. He contributed eight points with a nagging wrist injury in 39 minutes.
Jack’s shot eluded him Tuesday but he grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds.